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Zalman wins 3MT hours after successful dissertation defense

Paige Zalman holds two oversized checks.

When Paige Zalman went to sleep on the night of Tuesday, April 2, she was still a PhD candidate. By the time she went to sleep on Wednesday, April 3, not only was she now Dr. Paige Zalman after successfully defending her thesis, but she was also the winner of WVU’s 3-Minute Thesis competition, capping a day she likely won’t forget anytime soon.

It’s not an ideal circumstance to undergo the stress of a dissertation defense and an intense competition like 3MT within hours of each other. Zalman certainly didn’t draw it up that way.

WVU recognizes Remeri McClanahan for work on Project Appalachian Coders

Headshot of Remeri McClanahan.

West Virginia University recently announced Remeri McClanahan, a junior majoring in neuroscience, as the 2024 WVU Undergraduate Student Employee of the Year.

McClanahan, a native of Princeton, W.Va., exemplified dedication and excellence in their role as an Undergraduate Research Assistant on the Project Appalachian Coders grant team under the direction of Carla Brigandi, an associate professor in the School of Education.

Textbook authored by WVU faculty earns McGuffey Longevity Award

Image with the textbook cover with the title "Group Counseling" and a logo of the McGuffey Longevity Award.

The textbook, “ Group Counseling: Strategies and Skills,” written by West Virginia University faculty members Ed Jacobs and Christine Schimmel, along with Bob Masson and Riley Harvill, has been recognized by the Textbook and Academic Authors Association with the McGuffey Longevity Award.

Jacobs and Schimmel are both faculty members in the School of Counseling and Well-Being in the College of Applied Human Sciences.

Elliott earns honors at SHAPE America Convention

Eloise Elliott, in a pink jacket, receives her award from a woman in a black jacket and glasses.

West Virginia University’s Eloise Elliott was recently inducted as a fellow into the North America Society of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance Professionals at the SHAPE America Convention in Cleveland.

Elliott, Ware Distinguished Professor in the WVU College of Applied Human Sciences, was one of eight to be inducted into this year’s class. Fellows must demonstrate outstanding competence through professional involvement over a period of at least 20 years and be engaged in a minimum of two identified aspects of professional contributions (teaching, administration, professional or scholarly literature, and leadership within their discipline or service to the community).

Follmer recognized for exceptional and innovative teaching

Jake Follmer headshot.

Jake Follmer, assistant professor in the School of Education, is one of four faculty members at West Virginia University to be recognized for exceptional and innovative teaching with the 2024 WVU Foundation Award for Outstanding Teaching.